When to Outsource Your Finishing
For tricky finishes or a durable tabletop, a pro can do it better
Synopsis: Many woodworkers love the idea of making a piece from start to finish, but dread the prospect of finishing it. Sometimes, a particular finish is beyond your reach, either technically or artistically, such as a really bombproof surface for a kitchen tabletop that only a sprayed, catalyzed finishing can achieve, or a really special dyed finish on a period piece. At times like these, you might consider using a professional finisher. This article takes a look at three scenarios where hiring a pro makes sense, and gets advice from the pros about finding the right finisher, pricing, preparation, and other secrets to success.
From Fine Woodworking #222
For 11 years now, I’ve written and edited Fine Woodworking articles aimed at helping readers finish furniture they’ve made. Recently, while admiring Peter Gedrys’s work finishing a Federal-style desk that I made (“Antique Finish that Holds Nothing Back,” FWW #220), I had something…